Eataly in New York

I’ll the kinda girl who will go great distances to find delicious food. I dream of beautiful farmer’s markets, farm stands selling fresh strawberries and grocery stores filled with vegetables and products that captivate me. I’m a sucker for beautiful displays and packaging so sweet that I’ll spend $30 on a jar of Italian sugared strawberries. Food brings us together and for me my greatest gift is to be able to cook for my friends and family. I hope they can taste all the love that goes into everything I make.

When I was in New York last week I popped into Eataly a 50,000 square artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the Flatiron district of Manhattan run by celebrity chef Mario Batali. As soon as I walked in the doors I was blown away. The space is huge. Neatly arrange baskets inside coolers and pastas perfectly twirled onto white platters are works of art. The market was bustling at 2 pm filled with local business people grabbing late lunches and tourist snapping photos. I was so overwhelmed I had no idea where to start so I just wandered taking the space in. How beautiful are the tile floors? And hello amazing cheese counter? I completely lost track of time and had to rush to catch my train and missed out on tasting all the deliciousness. I left in love with food and with Eataly. Want to meet me for lunch next time I’m in town? Below photos from the marketplace above and below.

200 Fifth Avenue
(at 23rd Street)
New York, NY

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Stripes at Chance

From top left: Scoop Neck Dress $105, Classic Crusher $125, Striped Linen Scarf $110, Classic Espadrilles $48, Day Tote $125, and Classic Tank $46.

I’m insanely jealous of the new store Chance; I adore the whole concept and kicking myself for not coming up with it myself. It’s brilliant—simple classic New England style pieces represented in a small collection. The pieces don’t feel trendy or complicated but just updated versions of classics. I choose the stripe dress for myself; see a photo below. It’s cute on —not to clingy or baggy—pair it with espadrilles for the weekend or dress it up with a belt for your 9-5 gig.

Founder and creative director Julia Leach is a veteran of icon brand Kate Spade. Her talent to encompass a entire lifestyle in a clothing line, accessories and art is seamless. Nothing about it feels forced or manipulated.

I stopped into Chance’s pop-up shop on Elizabeth Street while I was in New York. Stripe saturated reds and blues pop off the white washed walls and floors. A collection of accessories, art and found objects are neatly displayed on tables throughout the shop. I had super nice chat Michelle the store manager while I tried on a lobster claw bracelet by Ursa Major and a wide brim hat that made me feel like a movie star. Above my picks and a few snapshots from inside the store below.

211 Elizabeth Street
Thursday to Sunday, 12-7
May and June
New York, NY

Images within the collage and girl on ferry courtesy of Chance. The snapshots below by Katy Elliott.

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